\ˈblend \
blended also blent\ˈblent \; blending

Definition of blend 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished

2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively

b : to combine into an integrated whole

2 : to produce a harmonious effect



Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as

a : a product prepared by blending

b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words

2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

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blendable \ˈblen-​də-​bəl \ adjective

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mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity. mix the salad greens mix a drink mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active. fear mingled with anticipation in my mind commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling. a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture. blended several teas to create a balanced flavor merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole. in his mind reality and fantasy merged coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities. refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product. a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence


The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel.


a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The All Green Everything, a light cocktail that blends cucumber vodka, fresh lime, kiwi, agave, and basil. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "The Best New Drinks to Try in Miami During Art Basel," 3 Dec. 2018 Washington State University and the University of Washington have launched a joint $100,000 ad campaign that blends Cougar crimson with Husky purple. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Just before the Apple Cup, UW and WSU are teaming up with a pro-college message," 21 Nov. 2018 Augmented reality headsets, which blend the real world and virtual worlds, are in their infancy. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "What happens to free speech when we all live in a virtual world?," 8 Nov. 2018 Placeholder furniture that had kicked around for decades was finally jettisoned, replaced with alternatives that blended practicality with poetry. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 Her stilettos were leopard print, her skirt leather, her coat suede, in a warm ocher color that would have blended nicely with the red-earth airstrips of the African bush. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Gave Us All a Valuable Lesson in How Not to Dress in Africa," 9 Oct. 2018 Too bad for India, which has long dominated a sport that blends tag and tackle with wrestling moves. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018 Check out this battle from the final season of Samurai Jack, for instance, which blends incredibly detailed animation of the ongoing fight with editing that speeds up and slows down time seemingly at will. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hotel Transylvania’s blockbuster success, explained in one giant dog and one tiny hat," 13 July 2018 Programming is free and includes a Family Day on July 14th with hands-on science activities and a panel discussion on August 4 featuring professionals that blend science and the arts. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Go with a ski suit from fashion’s favorite new brand, Cordova, and Sorel’s snow boots for a blend of high performance and high fashion. Anny Choi, Vogue, "The Best Ski (and Après-Ski) Looks to Sport From the Slopes to the Chalet," 5 Dec. 2018 This fusion makes trips by turns serendipitous and preplanned, a blend of anything-goes adventure and the clock-watching precision of a big-ship cruise. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 The second are much more common; homes built in the 1950s and 60s with recent updates that incorporate a blend of both traditional midcentury styling and more modern amenities. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Quirky midcentury modern with koi pond wants $624K," 15 Nov. 2018 An imaginative blend of Rhone and Bordeaux varieties shows creativity and grace from a winery near downtown Boise. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 For many people, a blend of techniques will work best. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "10 Physical Symptoms of Anxiety, Because It’s Not All Mental," 6 Oct. 2018 Because of a unique blend of characteristics, however, orcas are particularly at risk. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A decades-old pollutant is still threatening orca populations," 28 Sep. 2018 The spray contains a blend of lavender, vetiver, and camomile and smells like a warm, soothing, calming hug. Amy Hou, Glamour, "This Lavender Pillow Spray Actually Helps Me Sleep Better," 20 Aug. 2018 But Cooper’s sausage proved indestructible in its tight casing, a peppery blend of beef and pork that was good in both its original form and spiked with jalapeño and cheese ($11.49 a pound). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of blend


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend


Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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English Language Learners Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results

: to exist together as a combination



English Language Learners Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

: something produced by mixing or combining different things


\ˈblend \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart

2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.

blend in

: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.



Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending

2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word “smog” is a blend of “smoke” and “fog.”

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